If we’re running behind all the time, it’s likely not because of traffic. Or being “swamped.” It probably thanks to our unrealistic perspective on how long things take. Fast Company shares what separates the chronically late from the always punctual. Our favorite piece of advice? Learn to chill:
Being punctual often means getting to meeting or an appointment early. Punctual people use the extra five or 10 minutes as a chance to catch up on emails, read over notes, or simply enjoy the solitude. Chronically late people, however, hate downtime. They enjoy the thrill of that last-minute sprint to the finish line and crave stimulation. To be more comfortable with downtime, bring along something to fill those spare moments.
Reminds us of one of our favorite sayings of hard-nosed coaches, bosses, and managers: “If you’re early you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. And if you’re late you are only thinking of yourself.”
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